Want to see Marvel‘s entire 8t0th anniversary panel from D23? When will Marvel’s Helstrom show start shooting? Could Joker earn over $100 million in its opening weekend? Will Zatanna be appearing in The Suicide Squad? Who will John Wesley Shipp be playing in The Flash season six? Want a full rundown of what’s going on with Spider-Man now that Sony and Disney are at a stalemate? All that and more in this edition of Superhero Bits. Read More »
Joaquin Phoenix‘s Joker is being lauded as as all-time great portrayal of the infamous Batman rogue. But what’s the Joker without Batman? And what kind of opportunity would we miss out on to not see Phoenix and Robert Pattinson, two of today’s most searingly bold working actors, face off? But that meeting is just not in the cards, according to Joker director Todd Phillips.
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“He’s a lonely forgotten man desperate to prove that he’s alive.” That’s the tagline of Martin Scorsese’s Taxi Driver, but it might as well serve as a rallying cry for Todd Phillips‘s Joker, a violent, nihilistic horror film masquerading as both a character drama and a comic book movie. Realizing that it’s next to impossible to get a studio-backed character piece greenlit, Phillips has decided to use the Joker as a gateway drug, giving him a chance to more or less remake Taxi Driver for a whole new generation of moviegoers – the ones who’ve grown up on a steady diet of superhero movies. Joaquin Phoenix‘s Arthur Fleck is that lonely forgotten man – a mentally unstable loser just aching for acceptance. He says he wants to be a standup comedian, but what he really wants is attention. And he’s willing to kill to get it.
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The world premiere of Joker at the Venice Film Festival has already started a huge swell of buzz for Todd Phillips’ grim take on the origin story of Batman’s most notorious arch nemesis. Now the festival has given Joker another boost by awarding it the Golden Lion, the highest honor that the festival can give. Read More »
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The anticipation for the standalone comic book movie Joker has been high. Following the recent final trailer for the origin story of Batman’s arch nemesis, the excitement has been even higher. And now we finally have the first official reviews and reactions to the movie following the film’s premiere at the Venice Film Festival. Has director Todd Phillips crafted something that will satisfy longtime fans and general audiences alike? Does Joaquin Phoenix deliver an Oscar-worthy performance? Find out what the critics are saying in the first Joker reviews below. Read More »
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In this edition, explore over four dozen Easter eggs, hidden details and comic references you might have missed in the latest Joker trailer. Plus, see what real scientists have to say about the accuracy and realism of natural disaster movies like Into the Storm, San Andreas, and more, and find out some details you might not know about the oddball superhero comedy Mystery Men from 1999. Read More »
Everyone involved with the film would like you to know that Joker is not your average comic book movie. There are no big CGI action set pieces, no exhaustive world-building, no capes or spandex. Director Todd Phillips wants this to be a dark, gritty, realistic character study…that just happens to feature the Clown Prince of Crime. As we get closer and closer to Joker‘s worldwide premiere at the Venice Film Festival, Phillips is opening up a bit about how an R-rated, standalone Joker movie got made in the first place.
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